The winter holidays are supposed to be a time of connection with loved ones, good meals, warm fires, and gift-giving. And yet, the winter holidays may not live up to our expectations, unless we know how to strike the right balance between rest and productivity. While it can be tough to find that balance, there are some ways you can get what you need for the holiday season, and here are some tips that may help:

Set sustainability goals for your holiday: High-performing professionals are driven; we can channel that drive to benefit us by setting goals around how much you want to sleep,  exercise, and how much you’ll allow yourself to do work.

Prioritize processing time: If you’re busy in your work, there’s a good chance that you haven’t taken the time to sufficiently process your past year. Take the time to clear your mental inbox.

Set goals for the next year and spend time planning how to achieve them: You’re less likely to set unrealistic goals if you also come up with an execution plan.

The last week of the year offers an opportunity to rest and rejuvenate, reflect on the past year, and prepare for the year ahead. Grab that chance before the New Year.


Inspired by: Harvard Business Review - How to Actually Come Back from the Holidays Feeling Refreshed, by Matt Plummer